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Community Meetings

Monday, Jan. 13

1 p.m., Levee Board Meeting at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Free; call 601-939-4243; pearlrivervisionms.com.

6 p.m., Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; yourmira.org.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). In the Nebraska Room. Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call for information on membership dues; call 601-502-8402 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Linda Hartwell" on Facebook.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers Conference at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The purpose is to address new ways to improve Mississippi's mental health system. The keynote speaker is Charles "Chuck" Ingoglia of the National Council for Behavioral Health. $35-$75; call 601-939-0020; email [email protected]; msacmhc.org.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Advanced Grant Proposal Strategies at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include grants research, developing a needs statement, creating a budget and assembling the proposal package. Registration required. $369, $199 members; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org.

noon-1 p.m. "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters Club 3284 Meetings at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573.

4 p.m., Jackson City Council Meeting at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov.

5:15 p.m. Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277.

7 p.m., Ross Moore History Lecture at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Terrence Winschel of the Vicksburg National Military Park speaks on the topic "Civilians Under Siege in Vicksburg" in conjunction with the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

noon, History Is Lunch at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author and historian Mary Carol Miller will talk about the Cotesworth restoration project. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.

6 p.m.-7 p.m.,Downtown Jackson Toastmasters at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call for membership information. Free; call 601-940-5247; email [email protected]; http://1275010.toastmastersclubs.org/.

Thursday, Jan. 16

9 a.m., State Institutions of Higher Learning Meetings at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road) In the IHL Board Room. The Board of Trustees holds their regular monthly meeting, open to the public. The Health Affairs Committee meets immdiately afterwards. Free; call 601-432-6198; mississippi.edu.

3 p.m.-5 p.m., LGBT Strategy Meeting at ACLU of Mississippi (233 E. Capitol St.). The objective is to assemble a reliable and knowledgeable network of LGBT advocates and allies. RSVP. Free; call 355-6464; email [email protected]

6 p.m., City of Jackson Ward 3 Town Hall Meeting at Johnson Elementary School (1339 Oakpark Drive). Topics include the Alignment Jackson initiative, national events that impact the city and Jackson Public Schools' plans and goals. Free; call 601-960-1089.

6 p.m., City of Jackson Ward 7 Town Hall Meeting at Bailey APAC Middle School (1900 N. State St.). Topics include the Alignment Jackson initiative, national events that impact the city and Jackson Public Schools' plans and goals. Free; call 601-960-1089.

6 p.m., Precinct 3 COPS Meeting at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0003.

Friday, Jan. 17

10 a.m., 45th Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation and For My People Awards at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. The keynote speaker is journalist and civil-rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. The For My People Awards is at 11:45 a.m. at the JSU Student Center Ballroom. Free convocation, $10 awards program; call 601-979-2055; email [email protected]; jsums.edu.

Saturday, Jan. 18

10 a.m.-8 p.m., CUUPS Jackson Weekly Workshops at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). In the Religious Education Building. Enjoy a day of socializing, support, free workshops and a drum circle. Schedule available online. Free; call 982-5919; email [email protected]; cuupsjackson.org.

2 p.m.-5 p.m., Stud Sessions: Resolutions at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Gay and Proud in Mississippi is the host. Attendees discuss ways to improve their family, finances, work and more in the New Year. For ages 18 and up. Online registration link at jfpevents.com. Free; follow Gay and PROUD in Mississippi on Facebook.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

Monday, Jan. 20

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). In the Nebraska Room. Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call for information on membership dues; call 601-502-8402 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Linda Hartwell" on Facebook.

Community Events

Tuesday, Jan. 14

5 p.m.-7 p.m., Second Happy Hour! at Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). At Pi(e) Lounge. The social is a professional gathering for illustrators, designers and developers. Bring business cards and portfolio samples. For ages 21 and up. Free, drink prices vary; call 368-1919; pixel-swig.com.

6 p.m.-9 p.m., "When Cletus Met Elizabeth" Dinner Theater at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the interactive comedy. Cocktails at 6 p.m. (separate price); show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $39; call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Massage Revolution (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St.). Sign the peace and justice banner, enjoy king cake, cupcakes and beverages, purchase products and receive health tips and a massage. Free admission, $5 for 10-minute chair massages, products for sale ($2-$5); call 601-918-1853; email [email protected]

Thursday, Jan. 16

5 p.m., Museum After at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Capital City Toastmasters Club #1684 at Reformed Theological Seminary Library (5341 Clinton Blvd.). Join to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. New members welcome. Free; call 601-942-2154; 1684.toastmastersclubs.org.

Friday, Jan. 17

6:30 p.m., Rock the Runway at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The annual event includes the Denim Magazine Social Cocktail Lounge with live music from Sevyn Streeter at 6:30 p.m., the Patty Peck Red Carpet at 7 p.m. and a fashion show at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Matt's House and Flower's Shelter. $25, limited VIP tickets available; call 601-345-8205 for ticket purchasing locations; find 97.7 The Beat of the Capital on Facebook.

7:30 p.m., Monster X Tour at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The event includes motorcycle races and monster truck shows. $17-$30; call 800-745-3000; monsterxtour.com.

Saturday, Jan. 18

9 a.m.-noon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade at Freedom Corner (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard). The annual parade features bands, performers and local celebrities. Participants must RSVP and line up at Brinkley Middle School (3535 Albermarle Road) by 8:30 a.m. Free; call 601-960-1090 or 601-960-1136.

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., "Let's Go" Hip Hop Dance-a-thon 2014 at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Lakeland (2625 Courthouse Circle, Flowood). Roger and Tena Long of Go Long Productions lead the dance workshop. Open to individuals, dance teams and squads. All dance levels welcome. $15 early bird fee, $20 general fee, $10 per person in group of four or more; call 601-853-7480; choreorobics.com.

1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Monster X Tour at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The event includes motorcycle races and monster truck shows. $17-$30; call 800-745-3000; monsterxtour.com.

2 p.m.-8 p.m., Modace Boutique's Sip and Shop Grand Opening at Modace Boutique (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite 201A). Celebrate the grand opening of the new eBay boutique. Free; email [email protected]

6 p.m.-8 p.m., Plant-based Potluckat High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). Bring a plant-based (vegan) dish to share - enough to feed four to six people - or purchase from Rainbow's Grab-and-Go Deli. RSVP and indicate what dish you are bringing. BYOB. Free; call 366-1513; RSVP at facebook.com/rainbowcoop.

9 p.m., Sigma Centennial Affair at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's 100th anniversary celebration. Enjoy music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, Ms. Songbird, DJ Sean Mac, DJ D-Matic, DJ Energizer and The Mailman. Drink specials and free "Blu Juice" while supplies last. $10, ladies free before 10 p.m., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members free until 11 p.m., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity members free before midnight, monetary donations to the Billy Brumfield Men's Shelter are welcome; call 979-3994; jacksonncrowd.com.

Ongoing

Fight Against Hunger at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie's. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome; extratable.org.

Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. Receive assistance in finding a job during the training process. Applicants must have state ID, a Social Security card, proof of income and a utility bill. Free; call 601-960-0335.

Computer Courses for Adults at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1100, Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Free; call 601-857-3773; email [email protected]

Through Feb. 21, Jackson Young Lawyers Association Community Outreach Grant Call for Applications. JYL will award approximately $3,000 in grant funds to tax-exempt charitable organizations in the Jackson metro area that assist people without financial means or with special needs. The deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Free; call 601-576-4208; email [email protected]; jacksonyounglawyers.com.

Through April 30, Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. Light snack included. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408; priydems.com.

Through July 31, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Private Tutoring. In-person and virtual tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in math, science and literacy. Registration required. $15-$50; je411.webs.com.

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